descifrar

descifrar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to read)
a. to decipher
No puedo descifrar esta nota que escribió mi médico.I can't decipher this note my doctor wrote.
b. to decode
Ernesto sabe Morse y puede descifrar mensajes en clave.Ernesto knows Morse and he can decode coded messages.
c. to make out
La letra en estas instrucciones es tan pequeña que no puedo descifrar lo que dice.The writing in these instructions is so tiny I can't make out what it says.
2. (to puzzle out)
a. to figure out
El detective por fin pudo descifrar el misterioso caso de la desaparición de esa mujer.The detective was finally able to figure out the mysterious case of that woman's disappearance.
b. to work out
No voy a descansar hasta que logre descifrar este misterio.I won't rest until I can work out this mystery.
c. to crack
El nunca podrá descifrar nuestro sistema de seguridad; es muy complicado.He will never be able to crack our security system; it's too complex.
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descifrar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (clave, mensaje)
a. to decipher
¿has descifrado las instrucciones?have you managed to make sense of the instructions?
2. (motivos, intenciones)
a. to work out
3. (misterio)
a. to solve
4. (problemas)
a. to puzzle out
descifrar
transitive verb
1 (descodificar) [+escritura] to decipher; make out; [+mensaje] to decode
está muy lejos y no puedo descifrar lo que pone it's too far away for me to decipher o make out what it says
2 (resolver) [+problema] to puzzle out; [+misterio] to unravel
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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